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    Will, going to, will be ....ing

    1) On Saturday, I'll visit my sister.
    2) On Saturday, I'm going to visit my sister
    3) On Saturday, I'll be visiting my sister.

    I understand that, in affirmative sentences, "will" refers to a decision made at the time of speaking, "going to" refers to a intention to do something, and future progressive refers to arrangements. But I don't understand why a native speaker would choose to ask "What will you be doing next Saturday", instead of "What will you do" ou "What are you going to do next Saturday?". Thanks.

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    Re: Will, going to, will be ....ing

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I understand that, in affirmative sentences, "will" refers to a decision made at the time of speaking, "going to" refers to a intention to do something, and future progressive refers to arrangements.
    Not necessarily.

    You may find this article helpful.

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    Re: Will, going to, will be ....ing

    Yes, the article is rather interesting and helpful!! Actually, I meant to simplify things when I put down those sentences. But what I really can't understand is when to ask a question using either "will", "going to" or "will be ....ing", as the person who asks the question doesn't know much about the other one.

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